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The Skeleton Key - Movie Synopsis & Plot

From the writer of The Ring (Ehren Kruger) and the director of K-Pax (Iain Softley) comes Universal Pictures' contemporary supernatural thriller, The Skeleton Key. Set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, The Skeleton Key stars Hudson as Caroline, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Gena Rowlands) ailing husband (John Hurt) in their homeā€¦a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the Louisiana Delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple, their mysterious and secretive ways and their rambling house, Caroline begins to explore the old mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door. She discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret. Peter Sarsgaard portrays Luke, the local attorney working on the couple's estate. And Joy Bryant plays Jilly, Caroline's best friend.

MOVIE REVIEW

If only Kate Hudson ran around in her undies more often. While the best parts are the scenes where Hudson roams around the house in her shorty-short underwear, "The Skeleton Key" is a surprisingly decent thriller that avoids the normal scare tactics and instead goes with a slower and more psychological approach to terror. While never superb, the movie is consistently tense and intriguing, and the ending is also a bit different as well.
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